Money Matters: A Recap of My May 2010 Financial Impact

I’ve been keeping you guys up to date with what I have been earning through survey and reward companies, but because most of you don’t take surveys it may better to let you see a full picture of all of the areas I am able to save and earn money.

I model my financial decision behind the Holy Bible and try to focus on the income earning premises found in Provs 31:24

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

And the premise of money management found in Prov 31:27

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

And the premise of  wise financial discernment found in Prov. 31:16

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

We have been a one income family for close to 7 years and in that time we have adopted the principle of living on less than we earn and never calculating any secondary income into financial decisions. In other words, we do not calculate in what I earn as a source for addressing bills, debt or purchases. What we decided to do if I ever went back to work was to dedicate my income to savings. In theory, we planned what we would do with a second income before we began earning a second income. So although we have two incomes we like like we only have one.

Not only that, but we also evaluate every method available to reduce the financial obligations tied to my husbands income. Each dollar saved is a dollar earned. I don’t think people realize how the little savings here and there can accumulate. Below you will get an idea of how beneficial every tiny effort can be for your family.

Below you’ll find a re-cap of what happened in my household for the month of May.

:: May Savings

Grocery Savings $997.53

SC Johnson Rebate $5.00
Fat Boy Ice Cream Rebate $5.99

Free Items $162.32

Mother’s Day Gift $50
Digirono Pizza & Breadsticks (FREE) value $9.99
Oscar Mayers Turkey Bacon (FREE) value $4.00
Bull’s-Eye Regional BBQ Sauce (FREE) value $2.49
Oscar Mayer Select Hot Dogs (FREE) value $5.00
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust (FREE) value $3.44
Bull’s-Eye Regional BBQ Sauce (FREE) value $2.49
(3) Kraft 100 Calorie Packs Cheese Bites (FREE) value $9.87
(3) Kraft Deli Selects Shaved Meat (FREE) value $9.87
Free Magazine Subscriptions $55.82
Free Belt from Tembis Boutique value ??? See the belt
Free Book : Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are $9.35

Rebate Shopping Sites $3.71

Shop at Home $1.72
Upromise $1.99

Total May Savings – $1163.56

:: May Earnings


Linkshare Affiliate Network

Logical Media Affiliate Network ($25 Sign on Bonus)

Ready Site Affiliate Network ($25 Sign on Bonus)

Panthera Affiliate Network

My Savings Affiliate Network

Escalate Media Affiliate Network

SURVEYS: $134.00

Pine Cone Research

My Survey

Opinion Outpost

Ipsos/I say Panel

Survey Spot

American Consumer Opinion

Nielsen Digital


Focus Group


Shop at Home ($5 when you sign up & make first purchase)

Bank Bonuses


Total May Earnings – $550.08

Total Overall Impact to My Family – $2,713.64

Our families biggest financial milestones this year are that we have paid off all of our consumer and revolving debt. We’ve also fully funded our Baby Emergency Fund and are working on our 3-6 months emergency fund. We have fully paid for our couples vacation to NYC and our family vacation to Disney World completely debt FREE.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (King James Version)

20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


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